Amazing Forts in Madhya Pradesh

Known as the ‘heart of India’, Madhya Pradesh is one of the popular places to visit in India as it is blessed with ancient monuments, sacred pilgrimage sites, pristine hill stations, and exotic wildlife. Out of the many attractions, the forts and palaces in Madhya Pradesh are simply irresistible. These stunning historical marvels not only offer insights into the kingdoms of the bygone era but are also subjects of great admiration amongst history enthusiasts. Some of the beautiful forts are now converted into heritage hotels that provide royal and elegant accommodation to their visitors.  Have a look at some of these stunning masterpieces as part of  Madhya Pradesh tour packages.

Gwalior Fort

Gwalior Fort is an ancient hill fort situated in the center of Gwalior city. Spread over an area of 3 sq. km, it is one of the biggest forts in India and among the top places of heritage in Madhya Pradesh. Known as the pearl amongst fortresses in India, the fort was built by a local king, Suraj Sen in the 8th century AD on a solitary rocky hill called Gopachal. Among the best places to visit in Gwalior, it was ruled by many dynasties including the Tomars, Mughals, Marathas, and the British. Finally, the fort was acquired by Scindias in 1886 and ruled until the independence of India in 1947. Surrounded by concrete walls of sandstone, the Gwalior Fort has two gates, three temples, 6 palaces, and several water tanks. Some of the top attractions in the fort complex are Man Mandir, Gujari Mahal museum, Teli-ka-Mandir Temple, and Saas Bahu Temple.

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Orchha Fort

Orchha Fort is a medieval fort situated on the seasonal island of Betwa River in Orchha. It is one of the popular forts in Madhya Pradesh and among the prime places to visit in Orchha. The fort was built by Rudra Pratap Singh in the 16th century and was extended by several successive Maharajas of Orchha State. With a blend of Indian and Mughal architecture, Orchha Fort has winding stairs, hidden passages, and several mural paintings of various avatars of Lord Vishnu. Raja Mahal, Jahangir Mahal, Rai Parveen Mahal, Phool Bagh, and Sheesh Mahal are some of the top attractions in the fort complex. The former residence of rulers, Sheesh Mahal has now been transformed into a plush hotel!

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Chanderi Fort

Straddling the borders of Malwa and Bundelkhand, Chanderi Fort is a magnificent fort located in Chanderi, Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the popular forts in Madhya Pradesh and among the top places to visit in Chanderi. Situated on a hillock at a height of 71 m, the fort was built by Kirti Pal, a Pratihara king in the 11th century. Surrounded by lush green forests and lakes, the fort is guarded by three gates, out of which the most popular one is the main gate, Khooni Darwaza, owing to its reputation as the site of the execution of criminals. The remnants of the Chanderi Fort include the Hawa Mahal and the Nau Khanda Mahal. Also, there is a masjid situated at the entrance of the fort which is believed to be from the 14th century and exhibits splendid architecture with intricately carved mihrabs and verses from the Quran. Besides, one can get a beautiful view of the town from the fort and it is a great experience to walk through the corridors and rooms while in Chanderi as part of the Madhya Pradesh Tour.

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Mandu Fort

Mandu is an ancient fort city located in the present-day Mandav area of the Dhar district, Madhya Pradesh. Built by Baz Bahadur, this 16th-century structure is famous for its large courtyards encompassed by large halls and high terraces. Among the best heritage places to visit near Indore, Mandu was a pleasure resort under the Mughal empire and is a testament to the romance between Baz Bahadur and Rani Roopmati. With a perimeter of 82 km, the Mandu Fort is considered the biggest fort in India. The city of Mandu is adorned with spell-binding Afghan architecture surrounded by baobab trees, native to Africa. Jahaz Mahal, Rani Roopmati Pavillion, Hindola Mahal, Hoshang Shah’s Tomb, Baz Bahadur’s Palace, Hathi Mahal, Bagh Caves, Jami Masjid, Rewa Kund, etc., are some of the top places to visit in Mandu.

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Dhar Fort

Dhar Fort is a historical fort situated in the Dhar city of Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the top heritage sites near Indore, and among the must-visit places as part of Mandu tour packages. During the time of King Bhojdev (1010-1055), this fort was known as Dhar Giri Lilodyan. Later, the fort was renovated by Ainul Mulk Multani, the general of Alauddin Khalji. The fort once served as an important center for freedom fighters during the Great Revolt of 1857. Built with red sandstone, the fort is a mix of Afghan, Mughal, and Hindu architectural styles. Among the best places to visit near Surat, Dhar Fort comprises the structures like Sheesh Mahal, Kharbuja Mahal, a palace museum, etc., and attracts a large number of tourists throughout the year.

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Maheshwar Fort, Maheshwar

Situated on the banks of River Narmada, Maheshwar Fort is one of the ancient forts located in Madhya Pradesh, and among the top places to visit near Bhopal. Also called as Ahilya Fort and Holkar Fort, it is one of the best forts in Madhya Pradesh and among the prime places to visit in Maheshwar. Built in 18th century, this fort was then the residence of the queen of Malwa, Maharani Ahilya Bai Holkar. With its splendid architecture of the Maratha period, the fort premises enclose with various Chhatris and a seat which the queen used to occupy during her stay in Maheshwar Fort. Also, this ancient monument consists of temples dedicated to several incarnations of lord Shiva. There is also a small museum inside the fort, made of woods which have the things related to queen Ahilyabai. Later in 2000, Prince Richard Holkar, her descendant and son of the last Maharaja of Indore, converted his home in Ahilya Wada into a guest residence, today known around the world as the Ahilya Fort Hotel.

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Asigarh Fort, Burhanpur

Asirgarh Fort is one of the popular forts located in Burhanpur, Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the top places to visit in Madhya Pradesh and among the prime attractions in Burhanpur Tour Packages. Popularly known as the ‘Dakkhan ka Darwaza’, the fort is said to have been built by an Ahir King named Asa Ahir in the early 15th century. Spread over an area of 60 acres, the fort is constructed of stone, lead, and limestone with a combination of Islamic, Persian, Turkish and Indian styles of architecture. With a height of 259 m, this grand fort houses a mosque, gurudwara and a temple. It is believed that the temple dedicated to Lord Shiva was visited by Ashwatthama, a famous character from epic Mahabharata to worship and offer flowers to him every morning. Also, there is a place just opposite the Shiva temple where criminals were hung and later on, thrown from the cliff. Besides, one can also find ruins of British origin, British graves, human-made ponds, balconies that showcase royal medieval Indian architecture, and tombs inside the fort.

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Gulganj Fort, Chhatarpur

Gulganj Fort is another ancient fort located in the Chhatarpur district of Madhya Pradesh. Situated atop the hill, this 18th century fort is believed to be built by King Sawant Singh for his mistress Gulbai. Built in the Bundeli style of architecture, the fort is a two-storied structure and the interior is divided into two portions. There are bastions which were used for defense purposes in the fort of Gulganj, among the prominent places to visit near Kanpur. A flight of steps leads into the basement of the fort and a step well has been constructed beside it. It is one of the best forts in Madhya Pradesh, and among the prominent places of heritage in India.

Garhkundar Fort, Tikamgarh

Garhkundar Fort is an ancient fort located in the city of Tikamgarh, Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the best forts in Madhya Pradesh, and among the best heritage places to visit near Agra. Built atop a hill, the fort is about 2000 years old and has five stories in which two are underground and three are above it. Surrounded by majestic hills and forests, the fort is built in such a way that it is clearly visible from around 5 km but as you come near, the fort seems to be away from the sight. Also, a few rock and pillar inscriptions have been found in the fort. Due to the great historical significance, the fort is a must visit for history buffs as part of Tikamgarh Tour.

Datia Fort

Datia Fort is one of the most stunning forts located near Orchha of Madhya Pradesh. Also called as Bir Singh Dev Palace, it is one of the best places to visit near Delhi and among the beautiful forts in Madhya Pradesh. Founded by King Bir Singh Deo in 1614, it is the biggest and the most famous palace built by the founder of Datia out of 52 palaces all over the country. The most surprising thing about this palace is no king ever lived here. With a blend of Mughal and Rajput style of architecture, the palace has seven floors and features with most marvelous embellishments like delicate carvings, rich paintings, and beautiful arches that attract number of tourists throughout the year as part of Orchha Tour.

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